Speer – Spear Descendants In America – 2011

This link is for my most recent uploaded database, hosted by RootsWeb.com:

<http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&db=berryhill2011&id=I893

It is as COMPLETE as I have at present. If you find errors, have additional information or family photos you would to share with me — email me. As my schedule allows I will add photos I have found that relate to this “branch” and related families.

Thank you for visiting.

– Cathy Ann Abernathy
weavercat@gmail.com

Link Follow-Up: Mary Tom Speer

The Yahoo Geocities is LONG-GONE; but many of the websites once found there, have been ‘mirrored’ (saved) to another site as an archived page. Thus there is still information available about Mary Tom Speer at this address:

http://www.reocities.com/heartland/bluffs/2986/marytom.htm – the page may not have the original formatting of the Geocities version — but all the vital text is included.

I post this link here, in hopes of aiding Speer/Spear researchers in family tree quest(s).

– Cathy

Hot Day

7 July 2010
One very hot day.
Dave and I delivered groceries to Mom; then headed back home.
Stopped at a few thrift/antique stores along the way.
Since getting in the AC, and starting to cool off, have been reading messages, and adding/correcting more items on my websites (somewhat set in havoc by my previous computer dying); as well as blogs, and misc. stuff.
Need to get things sorted out with this new laptop, get it behaving the way I want it; so I will be able to create a backup set of RECOVERY disks — then get Dave to set it for dual-boot (Windows 7 and Linux).
My head is pounding, so I won’t do much more for now.
How has your week been?
Would love to hear from my readers.
– Cathy

Death of a computer…a new beginning

(Take two…)
Attempted this post just but a few minutes ago — stepped away from the keyboard — came back the automatic Windows 7 update had re-started my computer. [growl!]
I lost all the text I had written (now have settings a bit different, to prevent this problem from occurring again) — I hate having to re-write things when software/OS updates cause me to lose them.
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Now, where was I?
Ahhh, heck — I think I’ll do something else and come back to this post. There are things needing to be added, set-up; and yet to be test-driven on this computer.
I promise to return – soon.
“And to continue…”
– Cathy

Genealogy Mailing Lists and Groups – Very Useful!

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Gwendolen Mary Speir (1870-1934)

RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: My relatives all over the world

# ID: I25885
# Name: Gwendolen Mary SPEIR
# Given Name: Gwendolen Mary
# Surname: Speir
# Sex: F
# Birth: 29 Aug 1870
# Death: 2 Dec 1934
# _UID: D37DBAD98C154FF2AD4876FF1D35E159BB10

HintsAncestry Hints for Gwendolen Mary SPEIR

3 possible matches found on Ancestry.com Ancestry.com

Father: Robert Thomas Napier SPEIR
Mother: Emily GIFFORD b: 1847

Marriage 1 Charles Thomas BRUCE b: 21 Feb 1865

* Married: 7 Jul 1914 Verheiratet
* Change Date: 31 Aug 2009

Anniston Star: Second mound report released

Anniston Star – Second mound report released

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OXFORD — A University of Alabama archaeologist has released a report stating a pile of stones in Oxford was created by natural forces and not American Indians centuries ago — a report written two months after he signed another report stating the opposite.

Robert Clouse, director of the Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama and director of the University of Alabama Museums, mailed the second report on the mound behind the Oxford Exchange to The Star at a reporter’s request.

The report cites different geologic surveys of the area and other American Indian archaeological excavations for comparison. Clouse is not a geologist, though he says he minored in geology as an undergraduate student.

The report states the mound is a natural formation and is not culturally significant.

The stone mound became the center of a dispute last summer, which ended with the City of Oxford backing away from plans to level the mound and use dirt beneath it for fill at a nearby construction site. City officials have repeatedly stated the mound was not man-made. They also later claimed they had not touched the mound, a claim contradicted by pictures contained in Clouse’s second report which show heavy equipment dismantling it.

The second report concluding the mound was natural was produced in July during the thick of the controversy over the site which began in June. The first report, which said the site was significant, was produced in April.

Facebook: Movement to Preserve Native American Sacred Sites and Culture in Alabama

Facebook | Movement to Preserve Native American Sacred Sites and Culture in Alabama <—click for further details—<

Basic Info

Name:
Movement to Preserve Native American Sacred Sites and Culture in Alabama
Category:
Common Interest – Current Events
Description:
Alabama Needs YOUR HELP: Protect Sacred Prehistoric Sites

The people and culture of Alabama need your help. Alabama has NO laws to protect prehistoric Native American sites. Prehistoric culture is being destroyed and it must stop. Please help by joining people from all over the world to appeal to the Alabama legislature to add a bill or law in Alabama’s Constitution to protect prehistoric sites and educate our children of the future. Alabama has a rich cultural history and it must be preserved. We must act and educate now! Within the past weeks, January 18 – January 21, 2010, a mound was destroyed in Oxford, Alabama.

Alabama’s Native American Culture is an intricate, fundamental, and important element of Alabama’s history that must be kept alive.

The Movement for Education and Preservation of Native American Sacred Sites and Culture in Alabama

Alabama Needs YOUR HELP: Protect Sacred Prehistoric Sites

The people and culture of Alabama need your help. Alabama has NO laws to protect prehistoric Native American sites. Prehistoric culture is being destroyed and it must stop. Please help by joining people from all over the world to appeal to the Alabama legislature to add a bill or law in Alabama’s Constitution to protect prehistoric sites and educate our children of the future. Alabama has a rich cultural history and it must be preserved. We must act and educate now! Within the past weeks, January 18 – January 21, 2010, a mound was destroyed in Oxford, Alabama.

Alabama’s Native American Culture is an intricate, fundamental, and important element of Alabama’s history that must be kept alive.

– The Movement for Education and Preservation of Native American Sacred Sites and Culture in Alabama.

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Movement for Protection of Mounds and Cultural Heritage in Alabama

Folks:

I choose my causes carefully — this is one I feel is important. Please, read the note below and let me know what you think. We need input on this issue.
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From FB Page:

“Movement for Protection of Mounds and Cultural Heritage in Alabama”

“Hi everyone,

Based on the suggestion of Rainey Welch (Thanks, Rainey), we have decided that we wanted to hold an awareness and preservation of Native American and prehistoric culture in Alabama day. We have spoken to Dr. Harry Holstein of Jacksonville State University and Sharon Jackson of The Creek Nation to start getting the ball rolling. We have an appointment with an official in Jacksonville, Alabama, Thursday to discuss holding this on the square or at the recreation center. We do not have a date set, but we hope to have a date on Thursday, and we will keep all of you posted.

Once we get the date set, we will need volunteers (Native American drummers, story tellers, any musicians, artists, dancers, craft and food venders, and anyone who cares about this cause and is willing to help other people care too). Anyone interested in helping please contact us @raidernationdna@yahoo.com , so that we can try to start organizing and planning. We are trying to do what we can because we truly believe in this cause. We will post something in the next couple of days concerning our background information and why we care so much. We just want to let you know who we are on a personal level. Preservation of the past is very important and close to our hearts. The people in the past are all of our ancestors because we would not be here without them. It is time to honor that, stand up, and give those people a voice.

Bowing Humbly,

Cora and Rob”

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Want to know more?

Contact Rob and Cora, me, or search for the “Oxford, Alabama Mound Site” using Google.

Thank you, for your time.

– Cathy Ann Abernathy
weavercat@gmail.com

Cashing in on history: Moundville brings money to west Alabama, but price is too high for Oxford

Anniston Star – Cashing in on history Moundville brings money to west Alabama but price is too high for Oxford

Centuries ago, American Indians settled in an area near Tuscaloosa, where they built towering mounds and a thriving cultural center. Today the area is known as the Moundville Archaeological Park and it too is thriving — drawing thousands of visitors and generating millions for the economy of west Alabama each year.

The city of Oxford was once home to a similar Indian culture long ago and though it is not as elaborate, the city today contains many archaeological sites. In addition, near some of the Indian sites is a 19th century home with plenty of history of its own.

In recent years, some have suggested that like Moundville, Oxford could have its own historic attraction. However, creating such a facility may not be easy, especially since some of the sites may have recently been destroyed.

For years Harry Holstein, professor of archaeology and anthropology at Jacksonville State University, has researched the Davis Farm property — much of which is being used as the construction site for Oxford’s multi-million-dollar sports complex — and uncovered large amounts of ancient artifacts and the remnants of a temple mound and village.

University of Alabama archaeologists on Jan. 8 reported discovering ancient American Indian remains at the site. On Monday, Holstein claimed the mound had disappeared. City officials maintain nothing has been done to the site.

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